Why Primates?

Non-human primate range map © Maphobbyist/Wikipedia

Non-human primate range map © Maphobbyist/Wikipedia

With more than half of the world’s 702 primate species and subspecies – in over 90 countries – threatened with extinction, we need to support educators in their efforts to prevent further decline.  As a result of human activities, (non-human) primates are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, infectious disease, and the illegal bushmeat and pet trades.

Primates offer tremendous conservation value for many different reasons.  They serve as flagship species for entire ecosystems.  Some of the world's most diverse ecosystems, including the Congo Basin and Amazon, have the largest and most diverse primate populations.  Primates play a critically important role as seed dispersers in regenerating and maintaining the health of our planet’s forests.

As our closest living relatives, primates can teach us a lot about ourselves in terms of understanding our own behavior and where we came from.  They have immeasurable intrinsic value, including their diverse cultures and complex social structures. Furthermore, in some cases and if implemented well, primate eco-tourism can significantly boost a nation’s economy and ensure protection of natural habitat.

But primates need our help if they are going to survive.  Educators transform communities by inspiring them to value and safeguard primates and their natural habitats.

PEN addresses the need to support educators in primate range countries by providing a platform to connect and collaborate, resources to educate, and training on how to design and evaluate conservation education programs.

Learn more about how you can help PEN empower educators and protect primates!

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